Frank Grimes is a one-time character from The Simpsons.
Frank Grimes was an employee of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant and the self-declared enemy of Homer Simpson. Grimes served as the main antagonist of the episode Homer's Enemy. Frank Grimes was a hard worker, who had to earn everything the hard way. He was also irritable, grumpy, and easily annoyed, particularly by the actions of his co-worker, Homer.
Why He Sucks
- As a character, Frank is supposed to represent what would it be like if a real average person was in the Simpsons universe. But the way he's portrayed doesn't make him come off as that due to his exaggerated and unrealistic miserable life and jealousy towards Homer, Frank instead just comes off as another Megward the Wizard instead of an average real person.
- He's also supposed to come off as a foil to Homer by making Homer come off as having a successful and happy life while Frank's is unsuccessful and sad. However, Homer's life is actually almost as bad as Frank's as he had to grow up with an abusive father, flunked out of high school, had to scrape on his hands and knees to support his family by sacrificing his dream job at a bowling alley, had to put up with harsh and humiliating treatment from Marge's sisters, and he has had many moments of putting himself on the line just for the sake of one's happiness.
- He also comes off as a knockoff of Homer. What makes Homer stand above Frank on this topic is that Homer always had the heart and upbeat personality to get through crucial moments while Frank justs angsts and pitties himself all the time.
- He also came off as very unlikable as he acted bitter and self-righteous towards Homer for trivial reasons, even though all Homer was trying to do was be friends with him.
- He's also shown to be very clueless as he lacks perspective on the bigger picture of society, and he believes Homer and his family would starve to death if they lived in any other country in the world despite that America is internationally known for having overworked employees with little employee benefits compared to some other countries.
- What also makes him fail as a character is the way he reacts to everything. While a character who is portrayed as an average real life person would question the weirdness around them, they would eventually let it go and move on. Frank on the other hand acts so self-righteous and abrasive about everything that he never lets anything go, which led to his death.
- His determination about working hard is admirable at the beginning of the episode.
- He is sympathetic for his miserable life.